Check out our current exhibits, shows, tours, special events, and lectures. From frolicking penguins and out-of-this-world planetarium shows to scientist chats, nature crafts, and sleepovers, there's plenty to explore.

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BigPicture 2017

A red-faced group of Japanese macaques by Alexandre Bonnefoy

Art meets nature in BigPicture, our annual exhibit of the best wildlife and conservation photography on Earth.


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Get up close with asteroids and comets in our newest planetarium show.

Motion NightLife

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August 24 at 6:00 pm

Explore the science and beauty of motion in the natural world—and on the dance floor.

Iconic Exhibits

Morrison Planetarium

A crowd listens to a planetarium presented inside the vast, all-digital dome of Morrison Planetarium.

Our 75-foot, all-digital dome displays one of the most accurate and immersive Universes ever created.

Osher Rainforest

Madagascar Day Gecko

Step inside a living four-story rainforest, home to free-flying tropical butterflies and birds.

Steinhart Aquarium


Dive into one of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world, home to nearly 40,000 live animals.

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Our daily hands-on and interactive programs offer something for everyone.

Tours and Specialty Programs

Collections tour

Enjoy an exclusive, up-close-and-personal look at the Academy’s exhibits, live animals, and research endeavors.

Ongoing Exhibits

Color of Life

Color of Life

In nature, color is so much more than just décor.

Tusher African Hall

Visitors wander through African Hall, filled with dioramas on both sides and an African penguin colony at the far end.

Explore our evolutionary history while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and splashing penguins.

Living Roof

The Living Roof

Our living roof is more than beautiful—it's the heart of the Academy.

Human Odyssey

Visitors explore the Human Odyssey exhibit.

Trace the milestones of our species’ fascinating history by studying skull casts, interactive maps, and more.

The Swamp

Claude the albino alligator sits on his rock in the Academy's Swamp exhibit

Alligator snapping turtles and colorful, freshwater fish circle the albino alligator known as Claude.

Philippine Coral Reef

Philippine Coral Reef

Where reef fish dart through forests of coral while sharks and rays sail under your feet.

Water Planet

The Water Planet exhibit's blue glow creates a beautiful place for exploring watery adaptations.

Discover how animals have evolved fascinating methods of living in and out of water.

California Coast

Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.

Explore the amazing richness and diversity found in California's coastal waters.

Animal Attraction

A pair of colorful file fish welcome visitors to the Animal Attraction exhibit.

Explore some of the animal kingdom's most outrageous (and successful) strategies for meeting and mating.

Project Lab

Researchers work in the Project Lab while Academy visitors look on.

Witness some of the active scientific research taking place at the Academy every day.

Hands-on Exhibits

Naturalist Center

A visitor inspecting the Naturalist Center cabinets filled with specimens, books, and more.

Get hands-on at the Naturalist Center with real specimens, hundreds of books and films, and interactive games.

Discovery Tidepool

Discovery Tidepool

Get up close and personal with the coastal creatures that call California tidepools home.

Fancy Fish

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